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Chimeras and ConsciousnessEvolution of the Sensory Self$
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Lynn Margulis, Celeste A. Asikainen, and Wolfgang E. Krumbein

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015394

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015394.001.0001

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Brains and Symbols

Brains and Symbols

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Chimeras and Consciousness

John Skoyles

The MIT Press

This chapter develops the concept that the human brain has evolved to the point that changing symbols are integrated into brain neurobiology. This development led to notable evolutionary consequences. It uses “chimera” in order to refer to the blending of symbols with the human brain’s neural apparatus. It describes how symbols manage the brain-change trick. This chapter suggests human evolution, neuroscience, and cultural anthropology are a single phenomenon that need to be studied together. It shows that the information processing of the brain depends on cultural symbols and on transmitted learning.

Keywords:   human brain, cultural symbols, neurobiology, chimera, human evolution, neuroscience, cultural anthropology, information processing, learning

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